2015 Reading Challenge: July and August

Here it is! The final installment of ridiculous haiku book reviews to chronicle my epic reading quest. I wasn’t able to write up each of the 52 books because sometimes I like to leave my house, but I am looking forward to reading what I want at my own pace. It’s not so bad when I first started my reading list, but as I continued to cross books off my list, it got harder and harder to have specific books lined up. I’m planning a conclusion post about what I learned and timely coincidences to neatly sum up everything, so stay tuned for that.

Without further ado, I present the last set of haiku I will ever post publicly (if you’re lucky):

Published by Gallimard in 1943

Published by Gallimard in 1943

A book with a love triangle: She Came to Stay, by Simone de Beauvoir.

First as “L’Invitée,”

De Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre:

An open marriage.

Actors and playwrights

In World War II-era France,

A menage-a-trois.

Lots of guessing, angst.

Abrupt ending was great though:

“And she died, the end.”


Published by Boston Houghton Mifflin in 1963

Published by Boston Houghton Mifflin in 1963

A book from your childhood: The Teaspoon Tree, by Mary B. Palmer.

Young Andulasia

Has lots of animal friends

Out in her backyard.

Her quest for a tree

Made of shimmering teaspoons,

Through swamps and tall grass,

Tests her bravery.

A good read for smart young girls,

A lovely story.


Published in The National Era in 1851

Published in The National Era in 1851

A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

I was supposed to

Read it twice, including my

College thesis – oops.

When Stowe first published

Her ‘Uncle Tom’ serial

In a newspaper,

Lincoln said to her:

“So YOU started this big war.”

Thesis still makes sense.


Published by Scribner in July 2014

Published by Scribner in July 2014

A nonfiction book: Do Not Sell at Any Price, by Amanda Petrusich.

The world of 78’s

Is full of collectors who

Are searching for their

“Holy Grail” record.

Surviving 78’s

Are frail or broken.

Book is well-written,

Interesting. Petrusich

Really knows her stuff!

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Louisa believes in expanding horizons and learning - anything that broadens our minds beyond the here and now, allowing us to learn from the past and innovate for the future. She is particularly interested new and inventive methods of sustainability: city planning and green buildings, creating new objects from old trash, and ways that nature can provide examples for new materials and construction. She is also curious about new scientific breakthroughs, technology and discoveries, and how they will shape the future of consumerism and marketing. While science is important to advancing society, Louisa believes that music, education, art and culture are equally necessary, especially on a local community level.
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